Baked Empanadas

This version of empanadas is completely new to me. When my mom told me this recipe includes the Brazilian soft drink called Guaraná Antartica, I thought she was just teasing me. Even when she sent me the recipe I still thought this can’t taste as good as she said. But there is something about this one ‘weird’ ingredient that makes this empanadas unbelievably tasty. The dough is just so soft and delicious.

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 250 gr margarine
  • 150 ml guaraná Antartica
  • 650 gr all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 200 gr cheese (I recommend a mix of gouda and ricotta)
  • 100 gr bacon, cut in small strips

 Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Mix the margarine and guaraná drink in a large bowl.

(Here is a picture of how Guaraná Antartica looks. In Poland, you can find it in any ‘Kuchnia Swiata’ store).

Then add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix everything with your hands.

Knead the dough until it looks like in the picture below. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes. You can now mix the cheese and bacon in a separate bowl.

Divide the dough in bigger chunks and roll it until is about 0.3 cm thick.

Cut the dough into circles and stuff the empanadas with the mix of cheese and bacon. Make sure you leave enough space to close the empanadas.

Fold the disc and seal the edges by pressing the dough with your fingers. I used a fork to help seal the edges, just press the back of the fork against the edges.

Bake them for around 30 minutes on your pre-heated oven.

One of the easiest empanadas I have baked. I hope you try them out 🙂

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